Douglas Booth only stars in projects he knows he’s going to enjoy filming because he always wants to have a good time.
The British actor rose to fame after starring as Pip in the 2011 TV adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, and he has gone on to land movies such as Romeo & Juliet opposite Hailee Steinfeld, Noah alongside Russell Crowe and the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Lily James. While his choices are versatile, they all have one thing in common – they trigger excitement in Douglas.
“I’m 23 and I’m very, very lucky to have worked with the people I’ve worked with,” he told Interview magazine. “I’m just trying to choose interesting, quirky projects or things with interesting directors or just movies that have a lot of people I like attached to them so I know I’m going to have a good time. What is life unless you’re having a good time? I don’t really have a plan; I just try to dip my toes in different ponds.”
He’s also worked with directing duo The Wachowskis on 2015’s Jupiter Ascending, which also starred Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Sadly the fantasy flick ended up being a flop, but Douglas admits an actor can never tell how their work will go down with audiences.
“You have your managers and your agents. You have your mother. You get a feel for it,” he listed when asked if he has a particular person he turns to when contemplating a role. “I remember (The Riot Club director) Lone Scherfig saying to me, you can have a great script, or a great director and a bad script, and get a great movie. Nothing really guarantees anything. The script’s always important, but there are some things that have come out in the past year that, when we read them, everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, this is going to be the next best thing!’ Then the movie falls completely flat on its face.”
The star still has plenty of big names he hopes to work with in the future, including filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. All will come in good time though, as he notes: “These are dreams I don’t need to rush to achieve.”
– Cover Media